If It Bleeds - Stephen King

If It Bleeds

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,230 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places.

The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.


  • Classic King

    By xKel
    Amazing storytelling, as always. Notable mention to “The Life of Chuck”, which is written unlike any other story I’ve read from King. It captured me as much now as when I first read “Nightmares & Dreamscapes”. To those rating low because of politics: that’s sad and you must be new here.
  • Lost interest

    By madIIIem
    I LOVE King!! I have purchased and read every book multiple times. But these last couple of books have had me rolling my eyes at his jabs to our president. I couldn’t finish this book and I am truly sad about that.
  • If It Bleeds

    By T_Ri
    4 new great stories from the master himself! No complaints, just great writing as usual from Mr. King. Would definitely recommend!
  • If it reads...

    By Reckia6
    This is the most enjoyable Stephen King book in years. I really liked all four of the novellas. They could have possibly been scarier, especially the first story, but they are very easy and fun to read. A near return to form.
  • A delectable tasting menu of the author’s signature brand of horror/Sci-fi / mystery genre

    By CBibliophile
    I am a horror junkie but sometimes lack the stamina for Steven King’s full length novels. His short stories are a perfect little satisfying taste of his brilliant, suspenseful & mind bending writing.
  • You ruined your own book with unnecessary political bias. You are pathetic.

    By oped01
    Ok story but the repeated political anti-Trump BS was totally unnecessary. But expected from a sick leftist. When will you all ever learn.
  • Yes!

    By cushy32
    Another awesome book! Why not, it’s Stephen King!
  • Great Stories

    By Fastprof
    I really loved reading through the stories in this book. Stephen King has such a way with words and drama. A case in point is the buildup in “If It Bleeds”. The suspence builds and builds, and then at the end of one chapter there is this line “And that’s when the scratching began.” How perfect is that. I realize that other reviewers mentioned the similarity of the first two stories to episodes of “The Twilight Zone”. Maybe a bit, but who cannot love the new twist of a cell phone put in the pocket of a recently deceased person? Talk about creepy.
  • Still the KING!!! 🤩🤩🤩

    By DMluvsyou
    Great collection of stories, especially the return of Holly Gibney in “If It Bleeds!” Highly recommend! 👍🏻😎
  • First Time Reading Stephen King

    By txpenelope
    This is actually the very first Stephen King book I’ve read. This book is actually a group of 4 novellas. I wasn’t sure what to expect with a title about blood. However, the stories I read aren’t gory at all. I didn’t read story 3 which is the story that titles the book. Mr Harrigans Phone was a cross between Stand By Me and Twilight Zone. The story could have went deep into horror but was more of a reminiscent story with strange happenings. There are some very adult situations that make this not suitable for young teens. The Life of Chuck was simply strange - going backwards in time. I had a hard time keeping the story straight. Very odd story. Rat was my favorite of the 3 stories I read. Lots of character building before getting to the exciting part of the story with the rat. I read this book for my book club and I’m glad I got to discuss the stories with others.